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Latinos Salud open house
welcomes the entire community
Latinos Salud, the South Florida non-profit that serves gay Latinos, all persons living with HIV, and everyone who identifies as transgender is growing again! Founded in Wilton Manors, Latinos Salud expanded with a second location in Miami Beach four years ago, and expanded again in 2016 to central Miami-Dade. The agency is hosting an Open House for its new, upgraded location in Kendall Thursday, August 16, 2018 from noon to 1:30PM and 5:00PM to 7:00PM.
The agency is stepping up from its small pilot Kendall location. “Just as with our expansion to Miami Beach a few years before, we initially launched with a small, part-time space and just a couple of staff. Then with the data proving that we are filling an unmet community need, we were able to secure new grants to grow the space to full time operations, and add more staff,” said Dr. Stephen Fallon, Latinos Salud’s Executive Director. Like its other locations, the Kendall staff now offer services Monday through Friday from 11:00AM to 9:00PM, in addition to performing late night outreach in the field.
New funding last year from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) allowed Latinos Salud continued to grow the Kendall location services to meet the demand for more HIV and STD screenings, peer leadership and youth programming, and linkage to care services, but the expansion outgrew the capacity of the initial location. "Our small space had been straining at the seams,” says Andres Sosa, Central Miami-Dade Counseling and Navigation Services Lead.
So this month, the agency moved to a larger space a couple of miles North. “We had specific goals. We wanted a bigger space to allow for more private one-on-one counseling and groups. We also wanted to make sure that the space was easy to access and had a more inviting feel," said Johnathan Medina, Miami-Dade Health Program Manager.
The new location has colorful walls, big meeting and counseling rooms, and plenty of photos of members participating in cultural events and outreach. At the open house event, there will be snacks and drinks, videos of the agency’s community works, and introductions to the staff who serve the community
So come on over to Latinos Salud. Tour the building. Make new friends. Meet partners who work with Latinos Salud to help stop the spread of HIV/STDs and to help those who are living with HIV to enjoy a healthier life without stigma!
The address for Latinos Salud’s upgraded Kendall location is 2760 SW 97th Avenue, Suite 103, Miami, FL 33165.